As a technical experiment in real time cinema, Silent House is fascinating, but it fails as both an interesting story and a visceral experience.
| Original Score: 2/5
Although it has plenty of atmosphere and tense moments, Silent House is ultimately lacking in every other department.
| Original Score: 4.5/10
Moviegoers looking for a unique horror-thriller experience, who find the "real time" premise intriguing, are likely to enjoy Silent House in spite of its flaws.
| Original Score: 3/5
[Elizabeth Olsen's] impressive portrayal - and even an admittedly interesting overall conclusion - just isn't enough to rescue a film that is literally agonising to watch.
| Original Score: 1/5
As Trish declared to Darry in Jeepers Creepers: 'You know the part in scary movies when somebody does something really stupid, and everybody hates them for it?' This is littered with those moments.
| Original Score: C-
A skillful thriller with something unexpectedly insidious on its mind.
| Original Score: 7.5/10
While the movie delivers fantastic atmosphere and some effective scares, there are many missed opportunities where the camera doesn't catch the moments with the most impact.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Interesting one-take cinematography and a great performance by Elizabeth Olsen are very nearly ruined by a muddled story that leaves little room for replay value.
| Original Score: 6/10
The gap between technological fetishism and story craft now has a name: Olsen's Cleavage.
In this version transposed to the States it loses whatever claims to individuality it once had as well as wasting the talent of Elizabeth Olsen.
Elizabeth Olsen is perfectly committed to her role, yet once you get past the technical wizardry, it - like the Uruguayan original - quickly becomes tedious.
Has a powerful enough context behind it, but ... it disappoints ... Still, Olsen is a star worth following and has carved out an impressive niche in the psychological thriller genre.
Film-makers Lau and Kentis seem to lose their collective mojo 20 minutes in and we're left watching a mostly dark screen and listening to a great deal of random panting.
The problem is that the remake hasn't solved the essential defect of the first film.
It's still atmospheric enough, and like the original, has a quasi-theatrical event status. But it feels like a copy.
Olsen is, without question, one of the most intriguing, most thrilling young talents to burst onto the scene in years, and she's very very good here... so good that I wished the movie was kinder to her as a talent...
Olsen's brilliantly nervy and detailed performance deserved a flick that knew how to house it.
Ludicrous and offensive in equal measure. Avoid.
It's well acted but repetitive and not scary enough.
The scariest film of the decade to date.
| Original Score: 4/5